"The greatest compliment I can give any musician is that they sound uniquely like themselves; that there is a unifying sound and feeling to their compositions and playing that could only come from them. Lawrence Blatt is certainly a guitarist and composer in that rare group. Graceful melodies and flowing grooves seem to come to him with ease. On Longitudes and Latitudes, he has established an impressive body of compositions that only seem to become more compelling emotionally and ever more accessible with time and maturity... "
-- Will Ackerman, 2016
Ensemble & solo guitar
For this album, Lawrence composed and arranged all the compositions, as well as played all of the guitar parts and several other instruments including acoustic bass, mandolin and accordion. "Emergence" was produced by the Grammy winning producer and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman, and includes a number of Will's A-list studio musicians. Some of the songs on the album are ensemble pieces, while others are solo guitar. However, solo pieces can often sound like more than one instrument due to Lawrence's technique of featuring subtle counter-melodies, rhythmic interplays or even multiple parts played simultaneously on one guitar (lead, rhythm and bass at the same time, for example).